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Summary: We seem to praise praise and worship worship and forget about a Holy God. This is a study about how JEROBOAM made worship more convenient. He compromised God's truth for popularity and acceptance. BEWARE!

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SLIPPERY SLOPES, A DRIED UP HAND AND STILL REFUSES TO LEARN...

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

2 Tim. 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Tim. 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after

their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

[4] And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

I. DO YOU REMEMBER THE RIVER FLOWING FROM THE ALTAR OF GOD...

IN EZEKIEL 47... THE WATERS GET DEEPER AND DEEPER...

WE CAN NOT ACCEPT THE SHALLOW, GOD HAS MORE...

Ezekiel 47:3 The waters flowed from the waters were ANKLE DEEP...

Ezekiel 47:4 The waters were KNEE DEEP...

Ezekiel 47:4 LOIN DEEP

Ezekiel 47:5 The waters were flowing so deep that ONE HAD TO SWIM...

A. SOME LESSONS CAN BE RECEIVED BY THE FLESH, BUT SOME DEEP LESSONS

CAN ONLY BE REVEALED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT...

THIS LESSON IS SO VERY DEEP, THAT THE DEPTH OF THIS LESSON HAS TO BE

GOD SEALED... A DIVINE REVELATION...

PLEASE JESUS TEACH US THE LESSON OF DAN AND JEROBOAM...

B. Linda my wife and I stood near the head of the JORDAN RIVER in January, 2010.

Our guide was a powerful Christian man from Russia. He and his mother came from Russia

to Israel many years ago.

C. We unloaded from the bus, 33 pastors from around the USA, at the NORTHERN MOST

PART OF ISRAEL...

Today Jordan and Syria border the LAND OF THE TRIBE OF DAN...

D. DAN WAS THE 5TH SON OF JACOB...

HIS MOTHER WAS LEAH'S HANDMAIDEN... BILHAH (Gen. 30:6)

E. JACOB'S BLESSING TO HIS SON: DAN WAS...

Genesis 49:16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.

F. THIS BLESSINGS IS REVEALED IN MANY WAYS--

FOR EXAMPLE: SAMSON WAS A JUDGE OF ISRAEL...

SAMSON WAS OF THE TRIBE OF DAN...

G. DAN HAD ALWAYS CAMPED TO THE NORTH OF THE TABERNACLE WHEN

MOSES AND THE PEOPLE WERE TRAVELING FROM EGYPT TO THE PROMISE

LAND...

H. ARE YOU FAMILIAR THAT THE NORTHERN MOST PART OF ISRAEL WAS THE

LAST AREA CONQUERED BY ISRAEL... ?

I. THE TRIBE OF DAN'S TERRITORY WAS SMALL BUT IT WAS VERY BLESSED...

IT WAS FERTILE AND VERY FRUITFUL. The Jordan River starts here.

J. ON A VERY SAD NOTE THE TRIBE OF DAN NEVER FULLY OBEYED THE

COMMAND OF MOSES AND OF GOD TO TOTALLY DRIVE OUT THE

INHABITANTS OF THEIR GOD GIVEN AREA...

THIS LACK OF OBEDIENCE WILL COST THE WHOLE TRIBE OF DAN DEARLY...

II. BEFORE YOU CAN UNDERSTAND FULLY THE LESSON OF JEROBOAM,

WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE WEIGHT OF APATHY AND INDIFFERENCE

TOWARD GOD, PREACHERS AND GOD'S WORD EXISTING IN THIS SAD

TIME IN HISTORY... THIS LESSON IS AS REAL IN AMERICA TODAY AS IN

ISRAEL'S YESTERDAY...

A. THERE IS GREAT DANGER IN APATHY AMONG THE CHURCH TODAY...

THERE IS A SPIRIT OF COMPROMISING AND ACCEPTANCE OF ANY THING

COMING DOWN THE PIKE...

B. We are moving the ANCIENT LANDMARKS...

The world is becoming CHURCHIE...

And the Church is becoming WORLDLY...

C. We see COMPASSION FATIQUE as preachers and Sunday School teachers

are laying down their Bibles and allowing the INSIGNIFICANT BURDENSOME

SPIRIT CREEP INTO THE HEARTS OF SPIRITUAL LEADERS...


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